We’ve gone over the best mountain bike holiday locations, but I’ve heard a lot of you are looking for more casual rides, a bit closer to home.
So today I’ve listed some of my favourite cycling locations here in Sydney – perfect for these Summer holidays.
I’ve included a harder ride too, so skip to the end if you’re looking for a challenge!
1. Centenial Park
Distance: 3.8km loop
This is the perfect place to take the family riding. Located in the Eastern Suburbs, you’ll find yourself riding under trees and passing by beautiful ponds, open green spaces, and an abundance of nature.
The Grand Drive Cycle Lane is a 3.8km loop and is most popular for cycling, but you can explore the rest of the park with your very own route. Just make sure you follow the parklands rules and regulations. If your kids are new to cycling, build their confidence in the safe environment of the Learners Cycleway.
The parklands have plenty of space for picnics, playgrounds, and food and drink outlets to stop at along the way. Plus, there are always fun events going on, which you can check out here.
2. Manly – Queenscliff Esplanade
Distance: 5.4km one way
Take a cruise along the coast from Queenscliff all the way along to Manly’s Shelly Beach. This stunning stretch of coast features amazing swimming spots, picnic areas, parks, and a deluge of cafe and eatery options.
If it’s a weekend, you might be lucky enough to enjoy Manly’s produce market on a Sunday, or the craft markets open each Saturday and Sunday.
3. Narrabeen Lagoon
Distance: 8.6km loop
This ride will take you through the wonderful ecosystems, wildlife and cultural heritage found up in Narrabeen. The route is flat and consists of sealed paths, smooth gravel and wooden boardwalks.
It’s also a lovely path to walk along if you’d rather slow down – with plenty of areas to stop for a picnic, and public toilets available.
4. Olympic Park
Distance: 7.6km loop (+ more paths available)
If you’re looking for a day out, there’s no better place than Sydney Olympic Park. Not only does it offer more than 35km of cycle paths for all skill levels, but plenty of amazing play spaces, parks, and restaurants for a great family outing.
Check out the popular 7.5km Olympic Circuit and see iconic Olympic venues like the ANZ Stadium, the Olympic Cauldron, Cathy Freeman Park and the Games Memories poles installation. Or take the Parklands Circuit, winding through Bicentenial Park’s Lake Belvedere, and mangrove wetlands.
5. West Head & Akuna Bay
Distance: 36 – 60km
If you want to push yourself and be rewarded with spectacular views of Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury River, Palm Beach and Barrenjoey lighthouse, this ride is for you.
You can reach West Head lookout a few ways. A popular option is to ride from Church Point (near Bayview) then follow McCarrs Creek Rd towards Terrey Hills before turning right at the well-sign posted Akuna Bay turnoff. Check out this blog post for more information about the routes.
We’re very lucky to have these brilliant cycling locations right here on our doorstep. I hope you make it out to some of these amazing spots these holidays and enjoy time with your family.